Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Russell M. Nelson on obtaining spiritual power through sincere prayer

President Russell M. Nelson (b. Sept 9, 1924) was an internationally-renowned heart surgeon when he was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1984. He was set apart as president of the Quorum of Twelve on July 15, 2015.
"The source of our spiritual power is the Lord! The ultimate source of spiritual power is God our Father. The messenger of this power is the Holy Ghost. This power differs from electrical power. An electrical appliance consumes power. The use of His spiritual power replenishes our power. While electrical power can be used only for measured periods of time, spiritual power can be used for time and eternity!
"Our spiritual power line is strengthened through prayer. As we counsel with God in all our doings, he will direct us for good. (See Alma 37:37.) Prayer is available whenever we ask for it!
"But the Lord places the initiative upon us. He expects us to reach for his power, just as we must insert the plug in the outlet for electricity. He said, 'If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.' (D&C 42:61; italics added.) Personal worthiness and scripture study enable us to do more with this power."
- Russell M. Nelson, "Protect the Spiritual Power Line," Ensign, Nov 1984, pp. 30-32
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In this talk, President Nelson taught about "Spiritual Power Lines" that connect us to the source of spiritual strength, using the analogy of electrical power. It's critical that we maintain our connection to the source that can bring us that strength; and God is the source, via the Holy Ghost.

Establishing communication with God through prayer is a great key to maintaining those "power lines," enhanced by our scripture study and personal worthiness. It doesn't just happen; it requires our effort to establish and maintain that power connection!

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